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Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning degree at UCLan allows students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practitioner skills and apply them in a real world setting. Students will be given the opportunity to assist with performance testing of professional teams in order to gain invaluable experience of working within high performance sport.

Students will be taught by staff who coach at the elite level and who also undertake contemporary research at the highest level in the field of strength & conditioning. The skills and experience gained from these two crucial areas is used to create a relevant, practical and contemporary learning environment.

Students will graduate from the course with the knowledge and practical coaching competency to begin an exciting career as a Strength & Conditioning coach.

Why study this course?

This degree has been designed to provide you with an intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant programme if you are interested in strength and conditioning as it relates to human performance.

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning degree at UCLan allows students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practitioner skills and apply them in a real world setting. Students will be given the opportunity to assist with performance testing of professional teams in order to gain invaluable experience of working within high performance sport.

Students will be taught by staff who coach at the elite level and who also undertake contemporary research at the highest level in the field of strength and conditioning. The skills and experience gained from these two crucial areas is used to create a relevant, practical and contemporary learning environment.

Students will graduate from the course with the knowledge and practical coaching competency to begin an exciting career as a Strength and Conditioning coach. The course is also aligned with the guidelines issued by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) and British Weightlifting (BWL).

Exciting Opportunities

Throughout your time at UCLan you will have the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences through volunteering and internship opportunities. These could be with professional sports clubs and undergraduate research internships. You’ll also have the opportunity study abroad during year 2 via student exchange programmes. We have links with universities in the United States, Canada and Spain.

Potential Careers

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance Analysis
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Lecturing
  • Fitness Professional

Key Information

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    CB69

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points with Science preferable.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Applications are welcomed from mature and industry-based individuals.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 1
  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Training Theory
  • Functional Anatomy

Year 2

  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 2
  • Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • High Intensity Training and Conditioning
  • Common Sports Injuries and Prevention

Year 3/4

  • Research Project
  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice 3
  • Advanced Movement Analysis in Strength and Conditioning
  • Training Prescription for the Elite Athlete

 

 

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Great Industry Links

Our strong links with industry and the sports profession - including Preston North End, Blackpool FCC, Burnley FCC, Wigan Warriors - mean you can gain experience of working with high performance athletes while developing your own invaluable network of contacts. You'll also enjoy student membership of BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), allowing you to build your academic and research expertise while on the course - and beyond, as membership transforms to professional upon graduation.


Professional Accreditation

The course will prepare graduates for UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. UKSCA is the UK body for strength and conditioning courses; the level of professional recognition in this field has seen accreditation with UKSCA rise to practically a prerequisite to work within this field.

Students will also get the opportunity to take additional relevant qualifications such as British Weightlifting Coaching Award, and coaching badges for a number of sports.


Learning Environment

You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of different ways. These include key note lectures, use of case study material, seminars and practical sessions, and problem-based learning. The degree utilises a variety of assessment strategies, including case studies, presentations, assignments, practical vivas and a project. Students will also develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Teaching staff on the Strength and Conditioning course are not only academic but are active in research and coaching in the field of high performance sports. The majority are still in professional practice. The course is led by Ian Bentley.


Fantastic Facilities

The course will make use of some of the outstanding facilities at the University, including the biomechanics and physiology labs, and the multi-million pound UCLan Sports Arena (USA). The latter houses a purpose built strength and conditioning facility, which has received a significant investment in equipment.


Careers Map

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DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.